Childhood: I grew up in Kansas where my father was a high school football coach. With his profession, we lived in five different Kansas towns in six years. Beginning in high school, our family lived on a farm near Hesston, Kansas where we raised livestock and wheat. I enjoyed being involved in sports and working on the farm.
Family: My wife, Joyce, and I have five sons and one daughter. We are known as the “J” family: Jason, Justin, Jeremy, Jenna, Joshua, and Jordan. Three of our children are now married and we currently have 7 grandchildren.
Education: Associate degree from Hesston College, Certified as a Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT), In 2000, Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Goshen College. In 2017, Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University South Bend.
Before I was a pastor: I was a respiratory therapist and worked in maintenance and carpentry.
How I got saved: I was raised Methodist and went with my family to church as a child. At the age of 19 and my first year as a freshman in college at Emporia State University, I felt I was confronted with a choice on the direction for my life. My uncle had started a church and began reaching out to me. It was at that point I gave my life completely to Christ, was water baptized and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Hobbies: Woodworking, building countertops, raising calves and doing home repair projects
Places in the world I’ve visited: Cuba, Costa Rica, and Germany
One thing on my bucket list that I haven’t accomplished yet: Visiting Israel
The one person I’d swap lives with for a day: Kansas State Football Coach
As a kid, I was: Sports crazy
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: Live within your means and be yourself
Movie: War Room
TV Show: Andy Griffith
Junk food: Ice Cream
Restaurant: Cracker Barrel
Place in the world: Florida beaches
Bible verse: But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved! - Ephesians 2:4-5
Sports team: Notre Dame and Kansas State
Worship song: Our God is Greater, Chris Tomlin
Childhood: I grew up on a farm in central Kansas, about 50 miles north of Wichita. I went to a small school house, Sunny Hill, where I had only one classmate all eight years.
Family: I had three sisters and my father was a pastor and farmer. My wife, Chris, and I have three adult children.
Education: Spanish from Goshen College, two years of seminary
Before I was a pastor: I have held quite a few jobs: an ambulance and truck driver, office and customer service work, tree trimmer, Spanish and English teacher, missionary and pastor in Uruguay, South America
How I got saved: I was saved when I was 6 years old, helped by my mother after I realized I needed help with my anger issues.
Hobbies: Woodworking and fixing things.
Places in the World I've visited: 10 countries in South America and China
The best piece of advice I've ever been given: Believe in the talents God has given you.
Movie – Fiddler on the Roof
Junk food – Ice Cream
Restaurant – China Buffet or Mancino’s
Season – Spring
Place in the world – Where my friends are
Bible verse – And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
Worship song – Almighty
Childhood: I grew up in Millersburg, and attended Fairfield Schools until my Senior year, and then I went to Northwood. I was involved in show choir, cheerleading, and youth group. We attended Clinton Frame for many years when I was growing up, and then moved over to Nappanee, and attended Nappanee Missionary Church for the past 12 years before coming to Harvest.
Family: My husband, Ryan, and I have been married 3 years. We have two cats and a dog, and we live in Warsaw. My parents are Doyle and Deb Borntrager, and I have an older brother, Brent, who lives in Minneapolis. MN.
Before I worked at HCC: Before I came to HCC, I was working from home, making handmade home goods and selling them on Etsy, and I also was a volunteer on the worship team at Nappanee Missionary Church.
How I got saved: I grew up in a Christian home, and accepted Christ into my life at a very young age. It wasn’t until I got into junior high and high school, that I began to understand that being a follower of Christ wasn’t just about doing good, but it meant to live in communion with God through prayer, study, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in me.
Hobbies: Crafts, home projects, playing music
Places in the world I’ve visited: I have not done a lot of international travel. I’ve been to Puerto Rico, Peru, and Canada.
One thing on my bucket list I haven't accomplished yet: Go to New York City at Christmas time.
As a kid, I was: Apparently, when I was really young, I was a screamer. My parents loved that about me.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: Don’t worry! (Now, do I always heed this advice?....Well, I try!)
Movie – Pride and Prejudice
TV Show – Gilmore Girls
Musician - Lera Lynn
Junk food – Pizza and chips
Restaurant – It’s a tie between Cerulean and Venturi
Season – CHRISTMAS!!! That is a season, right?
Place in the world – Colorado, Maine… Anywhere where there are mountains and pine trees covered with snow
Bible verse – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
Sports team – huh???
Worship song – That’s a hard one….’O Praise the Name’ is a great one, and ‘How deep the Father’s love for us’ is also a favorite
Children's Ministry Director
Childhood: I am a small town girl who, for the first 10 years of my life, grew up in a little house in Shipshewana, IN. I had a happy childhood. Growing up in the 80’s meant bike rides around the block without my parents, a short walk to the town drug store to purchase a piece of candy and playdates with neighborhood friends.
Family: My family is very special to me! I have loving parents, and two siblings. I am married to the love of my life, Stan Peachey. We will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in 2018. We have two amazing children, Ty, age 13, and Claire, age 11. We love outdoor adventure, being spontaneous, and investing in the lives of our friends.
Before I worked at HCC: I worked as an Elementary Librarian for the Fairfield Community School District, at Millersburg Elementary. I continue my position as a substitute teacher for Fairfield Community Schools when it works in my schedule.
Salvation Story: I grew up going to church. Every time the church doors were open, we were there. I watched my mother and father give of their time repeatedly for kingdom work. The strength of my parent’s faith and their active involvement in the church was a tremendous example to me and helped me realize at a young age that I too wanted to serve the amazing God that they served. I spent several summers, as a camper at our local church camp, were I first made a commitment at the age of 13. The summer after my junior year in high school, I went to Camp Hebron, in Halifax, PA to work as a counselor for the summer. It was that summer that I made a deeper commitment, to what I knew, I was already called to do, Serve Jesus. He has been faithful ever since! I serve a mighty God!
Hobbies: Decorating, bargain shopping, gardening,
Places in the world I’ve visited: Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Haiti,
One thing on my bucket list I have not accomplished yet:
As a kid, I was: I was stubborn, strong willed, & creative.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: This too shall pass. - Grandma Martin (In relation to parenting!)
Movie - Anything Disney (I have young kids!)
TV Show - Antiques Road Show or anything that gets my creative juices flowing; This Old House, etc.
Music- Worship Music!!!
Junk Food – Donuts
Restaurant – Smokey Bones, Olive Garden
Season - Fall
Place in the World - Nature - Love being outdoors!!!
Bible Verse - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. -Galatians 5:1
Sports Team - I’ll cheer for whoever is losing!!! For my husband, GO, STEELERS!
Childhood: I was born in Mishawaka Indiana and was raised in Goshen. Growing up I always enjoyed going to church and being a part of the community here at Harvest! I graduated from Goshen High School and went to Bethel College where I majored in Early Childhood Education, with minors in Special Education and Family Studies.
Family: My dad, John Moyer, is a 4th grade teacher at an elementary school in Goshen and my mom, Angie Moyer, is a nurse at Greencroft. I have 3 younger siblings, two brothers and one sister. I got engaged in October and my wonderful fiance Collin and I are getting married in September 2018!
Before I worked at HCC: Before I started here I was a full time student at Bethel. I was an R.A. (Resident Assistant) my junior and senior year. Being a R.A. gave me a great perspective on ministry and really equipped me for the job I have at Harvest now.
How I got saved: I grew up in the most loving home with the most amazing parents. I accepted Jesus when I was 4 years old and I have never looked back.
Places in the world I’ve visited: I have been to Costa Rica twice with missions teams from Harvest! I have also been to Cancun, Mexico with a Missions Team from Bethel College. I absolutely loved all of those trips and would love to travel to new places.
One thing on my bucket list I haven't accomplished yet: I really can’t wait to be a mom!
As a kid, I was: Always pretending! I had a really huge imagination and would constantly be dreaming up new things to play with my friends and my siblings.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: We have to get good at praising God in the hard seasons as well as in the good. He is worthy no matter what.
Movie – Father of the Bride 1 & 2
TV Show – M*A*S*H
Band or Musician – Bethel Music 100%
Food – Chinese food!!!
Season – Christmas time or early Fall!
Place in the world –The ocean or my backyard
Bible verse – He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. Matthew : 28:6
Sports team – BETHEL PILOTS!!
Worship song – I have a million but one of them is definitely “What A Beautiful Name”
Administrator & Accountant
Childhood: I was born and raised in Goshen. We lived on the same street my entire childhood, but moved across the street to switch things up a bit. Harvest has been my home church from the very beginning and I feel blessed to now help further the mission in a new way.
Family: My parents are Dan and Chris Diener, see Visitation Pastor. I am the youngest of 3; my sister is currently serving overseas and my brother lives near Kokomo, IN with his wife and two adorable kids.
Education: I graduated from Goshen High School and went on to Indiana Wesleyan University where I graduated with a double major in Accounting and Spanish.
Before I worked at HCC: I worked at two different public accounting firms in Elkhart and Goshen doing auditing and tax work, primarily.
How I got saved: Growing up in the church, I made a commitment to become a Christian at a young age, but it was not until I was 14 that I rededicated my life to following Jesus and began my relationship with Him. God used a speaker at Bible Memory Camp to speak into my life of His great love for me and the lengths He went to in order that I might live and be free.
Hobbies: Crocheting, biking, traveling, and reading
Places in the world I’ve visited: I have traveled to 14 different countries around the world and can’t wait to add to that list!
One thing on my bucket list I haven't accomplished yet: Visiting every state in the US
Movie – Pride and Prejudice (the 5 hour BBC version of course)
TV Show – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Musician – Bethel Music or Esperanza de Vida
Junk food – Brownies (must be fudgy)
Restaurant – El Camino Real
Season – Autumn
Place in the world – Not possible to pick just one
Bible verse – Proverbs 3:5-6
Sports team – The Colts
Worship song – “Great Are You Lord”